Anatolia occupies a separate and special place for those studying the history of the world. It has always been a precious living space influencing the cultures around it and being settled as a homeland. Since the Paleolithic, Anatolia has been home to the great civilizations. Accordingly, it can be seen that this geography has a multinational and multilingual structure. Besides, it has been a place on which a lot of civilizations thrived thanks to its geographical location and its importance in terms of economy, and the fact that the roads directing the world trade were both on it and near it. One of the most important of these civilizations is the Hittites, which has a special place in the history of Anatolia.
The Hittite Empire, which represents a great civilization in Anatolia, created important artistic works and also established strong commercial relationships during the period in which they ruled over Anatolia.
It is possible to say that the Hittites formed their economic and social systems in a way that they could meet the requirements of the central administration.
Having emerged and afterwards founded a civilization in Anatolia, the Hittites rank first among the most known and conspicuous civilizations. They played a very crucial role by forming an extremely important civilization in the history of Anatolia. In this regard, it can be stated that the Hittites led the other states in the way of civilization, in political, economic and social terms. We can say that they had a very developed society especially in terms of economics and they had a unique economic lifestyle.
The craft of the Hittites, on the other hand, is a product created by the cultural combination of the tribes that had lived before the Hittites and the contemporary and neighboring states, inside one melting pot that is Anatolia.
In this context, the objective in this study is to examine one such craft; the weaving in Anatolia, and to determine its place in the Hittite social life. In accordance with this objective, the benefits of the weavers on the production and how they occupied a space in the Hittite economic system are also assessed.
Keywords: Weaving, Hittites,
The Hittite economic system,
Hittite social life